Good Morning Choke-Down Artists,
had the pleasure of a golf outing last Season accompanied by my sons and Number one son’s girlfriend Bre. As often happens, the late afternoon tee time presented hot temperatures. But half way through, it clouded up and cooled everything down making the whole experience even better. I couldn’t have been happier.
But like most of my experiences though, it didn’t take long to tarnish my belated Father’s Day gift. For the two or three of you reading this radical slice, golf courses have multi-colored tee markers that are supposed to correspond with the golfer’s ability. Black – sometimes referred to as “playing from the tips” are for scratch (even par) or better golfers. Gold tees are for solid players (10 handicaps or lower) that generally play well. The “Blue Tees” are for players that can manage to shoot ‘Bogie Golf’ (average one over par each hole). White Tees are for players of my caliber that struggle to break 100. The ‘Red Tees’ are typically for women golfers. This supposedly makes it fair for all players.
At the number 8 hole, a short par 3 that requires you to shoot over water with the green guarded by six sand traps, I witnessed the perfect example of golf futility. The little stodgy fellow hit two balls in the water, and then managed to fly the water but landed in the bottom trap. After three failed attempts to escape, his frustration level went off the charts as he flailed wildly in the sand hitting the ball sideways directly into his ankle! We all began laughing…almost to hysterics! The rest of his group had already finished; hands on their hips. Watching the train wreck they finally convinced stubby to pick up his ball.
I euphemistically refer to this type of individual, and they’re many of them on a golf course, as “Blue Tee Guys.” These people because of pride, stupidity, or simply exist in a self-delusional fog, purposely forego an advantage available to them and make it tougher on themselves and everyone around them.